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NCWN Restarts Prison Writers Outreach

After a too-long hiatus, the North Carolina Writers’ Network at last can re-start our Prison Writers Outreach this spring.

The Network’s Prison Writers Outreach encourages creative writers currently incarcerated by the State of North Carolina by pairing them with volunteer NCWN members, with whom they will correspond about the craft and business of writing.

Participants can share and critique each others’ work and discuss aspects of craft like dialogue, characterization, establishing setting, pacing, and more.

All PWO volunteers must be current members of the North Carolina Writers’ Network, and must sign and agree to abide by the program guidelines, developed in conjunction with the North Carolina Department of Adult Corrections. They are required to use a pen name in their correspondence, and to limit their subject matter to the craft and business of writing. 

Volunteers will participate in a training session, offered free of charge by the NCWN and led by a writer who has worked extensively with incarcerated populations. Volunteers then will be paired at random with one (or more, if the volunteer wishes) incarcerated writer. 

If you would like to volunteer, please read the program guidelines, and return a signed copy (electronic signatures are fine) to NCWN Membership Director Celeste McMaster at Please also contact Celeste if you have questions about the program.